Getting married in a homestead? We don’t blame you. They’re unmatched in their ability to create a relaxed atmosphere – like being welcomed into a gracious home that offers personal touches some commercial settings cannot. Here, NewberyLodge has all the tips for making sure your homestead wedding hits all the right notes.
Think time efficiency
Choosing a homestead as your wedding venue means your guests don’t have to travel from one location to another – the homestead provides the site for your ceremony, photographs and reception, meaning you can enjoy every moment. Just be sure to arrange some canapés or light entertainment to keep the crowd entertained while you’re having photographs taken! Ahead of your big day, ask the manager for their favourite spots for snaps – there are bound to be many hidden – and picturesque – corners.
When it comes to styling, go your own way
Homestead weddings are at once classic and contemporary, romantic and charming – it makes them entirely flexible from a styling perspective. Either keep it simple with little touches such as choosing coloured table linen and bringing in centrepieces to beautifully offset the existing room, or for spectacular effect, layer your own signature style, such as rustic chic, over what is already present at the homestead.
Keep an eye out
When you visit, have an eagle eye: everything should be well cared for and clean, from top to bottom. While homesteads are typically historic buildings and some ‘rustic’ condition can be part of their charm, the devil is in the detail and with an emotionally charged event such as a wedding, you want to be sure your organisers in the background have everything covered on your behalf.
Make a connection
It’s really important to have a good rapport with your venue manager. You need to know you have the support and experience that will make your wedding planning journey easy and enjoyable – communication is key!
Get a second opinion
It’s a great idea is to have a look online at what previous clients have to say about the venue – after your special day you want your guests to ‘that was the best wedding we’ve ever been to’. Here at Newbery Lodge we hear this time and again, and we love it!
Newbery Lodge offers the perfect setting for a bride to be to bring the dreams of their special day to reality. Located in a tranquil park-like setting near the Christchurch CBD, the 1930s double-storied lodge offers three unique spaces enhanced by stunning gardens.